Memory loss and difficulty concentrating are often symptoms of conditions or diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and general aging, but could also be side effects associated with certain medications. Below is a list of diseases and conditions associated with symptoms like memory loss and difficulty concentrating, as well as a list of medications related to similar side effects.
We are not medical professionals, and these may not be comprehensive lists. Please contact your doctor if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms or side effects, or similar health issues.
Memory Loss and Difficulty Concentrating Could Be Symptoms Of:
Alzheimer’s Disease is a progressive brain disease. In the early stages symptoms include memory loss, difficulty concentrating, losing things, difficulty planning. Alzheimer’s can progress rapidly or very slowly. It eventually leads to dementia and death.
Lead Poisoning: Lead poisoning can have physical, cognitive, and behavioral symptoms. It can damage the central nervous system, kidneys, reproductive system, and the production of hemoglobin. Symptoms usually do not appear until there is significant damage, and include memory loss, difficulty concentrating, personality changes, irritability, abdominal pain, and fatigue.
Traumatic Brain Injury: Memory loss, difficulty concentrating, mood swings, fatigue, and other symptoms of traumatic brain injury (TBI) can take days, or even months to develop after injury. Symptoms may be intermittent and can last a life time. The long term effects of TBI depend more on the area of the brain which is injured than the initial severity of the injury.
Stroke: During a stroke the blood supply to part of the brain is interrupted (ischemic) or a blood vessel bursts inside the brain (hemorrhagic). A mini-stroke, or transient ischemic attack (TIA), normally resolves on its own, but is a warning sign that a more serious stroke is likely. Depending on the part of the brain affected stroke and TIA can cause memory loss, difficulty concentrating, confusion, slurred speech, and paralysis, usually only on one side of the body.
Memory Loss and Difficulty Concentrating Could Be Side Effects Associated With:
Topamax is an anti-seizure medication used to treat epilepsy and to prevent migraines. It does not stop a migraine that is already occurring. Side effects include memory loss, difficulty concentrating, fatigue, numbness and tingling in the arms and legs, changes in the way things taste.
Lyrica is used to treat fibromyalgia, nerve pain in people with diabetes, nerve pain after shingles, and partial seizures. It works by reducing the pain signals sent by damaged nerves. Side effects can include suicidal thoughts, dizziness, sleepiness, blurred vision, difficulty concentrating, memory loss, muscle pain and joint pain.
Ambien (zolpidem) is a sleep medication used to treat insomnia. Side effects of Ambien can include memory loss, amnesia, daytime sleepiness, difficulty concentrating, depression, suicidal thoughts, risk-taking behavior, and hallucinations. There have also been reports of people sleepwalking and sleep driving while taking Ambien.
Ativan (lorazepam) is a benzodiazepine drug used to treat anxiety. It works by enhancing the effects of GABA a naturally occurring chemical in the body. Side effects of Ativan can include memory loss, amnesia, difficulty concentrating, confusion, depression, suicidal thoughts, insomnia, appetite changes, and hallucinations.